George Catlin: Painter of the Indian West

George Catlin: Painter of the Indian West

by Mark Sufrin, George Catlin
     
 

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A biography of George Catlin, born in the early 19th century, who studied law but gave it up for art & painted miniature portraits. Then he saw a delegation of Plains Indians, proud & dignified in decorated robes & feathered headdresses, & it changed his life. Between 1831 & 1836 Catlin traveled west by riverboat, canoe, & on horseback. He painted portraits of tribal…  See more details below

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A biography of George Catlin, born in the early 19th century, who studied law but gave it up for art & painted miniature portraits. Then he saw a delegation of Plains Indians, proud & dignified in decorated robes & feathered headdresses, & it changed his life. Between 1831 & 1836 Catlin traveled west by riverboat, canoe, & on horseback. He painted portraits of tribal leaders & scenes of life & culture as he visited the Cheyenne, Sioux, Blackfeet, Crow, Mandan, & other plains tribes. His writings, & collection of Indian clothing, housing, & weapons, also inspired anthropologists, artists, & writers to record the Early West. Juvenile audience.

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Gr 5-9-- Sufrin's readable biography is rich in colorful details, lively anecdotes, and intriguing descriptions from Catlin's own journals and letters. The book is liberally illustrated with the artist's paintings, most of which are portraits of Indians, named and identified by tribe and given life by the brief stories told about them. It reaches beyond the limits of biography to become, through paintings and comments, a story of the life and lore of the early 19th-century Plains Indians, and it could just as well be shelved with nonfiction about Native Americans. Unfortunately, the quality of paper is poor, and the paintings are all reproduced in black and white. --Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ

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ISBN-13:
9780689316081
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
10/30/1991
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
160
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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